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Cody Rhodes Talks Tag Team Wrestling in WWE, Hating Hennig’s Name and More

Phoenix New Times recently spoke with Cody Rhodes while promoting this Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Here are some highlights.

If he rides with Damien Sandow on the road: “I’ll be honest with you, we don’t. I tried to ride with him two weeks ago and he has this secret road agenda he’s up to that I’m like now curious about spying on to see what he’s doing. I have no clue. But he basically ignored me for the first time in our long friendship because I’ve known him since OVW. So now I will never ask him again because now he offers every week, but I will never ride with him again because he’s up to something so I’ll let him get it out of the way.”

Why Michael Mcgillicutty is not using his name, Joe Hennig: “He’s like a hot button issue because he’s obviously really talented and he has his legacy and Mr. Perfect was who he was. I always looked at it and I think I’m wrong cause I don’t know anything other than what anyone else would know in this situation. I always looked at it as that “Boy Named Sue” type of thing and if he could move forward with such a silly name then he really was worth his weight. I don’t know if he looks at it…that’s just the philosophy I had on it.

It is such a bad name. But there is, certain guys have certain magic and I don’t mean to bring myself up on here but this crowd today is chanting Cody’s mustache. I feel like if my mustache is getting a certain reaction then I’m doing something right. And this type of thing when I think about Joe, if I had put together a stable of young second generations it would be Joe Henning. I don’t, at this point, I don’t know if it will ever be Joe Henning.

The recent renewal of tag team wrestling in WWE: “You know, when it’s like classified like that, I hate it. Because tag team wrestling — especially in the south, not so much in old WWE — but tag team wrestling is just part of sports entertainment. That tag at the right point, on the right night should be the most exciting 15 seconds of your life.

“But when you talk about the overall, the renewal, I don’t know, I still want to see something from a lot of guys. I think Damien and I stick out like sore thumbs because we’re very good at what we do. But we also have guys like The Usos, that’s a true tag team, they’re brothers, and I keep wondering when are they going to give themselves the kick in the ass to show us all what they can do because I know for a fact they’re extremely talented.

“The same with guys like Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. Anybody who’s in the know knows that Jason Kidd is an absolute assassin in the ring. So if they want to be part of this resurgence, if they don’t want a guy like Kane and a guy like Daniel Bryan — who are as well good as singles as they are in a tag, same with Damien and myself — if they don’t want to [things] dominated by guys like that, if they want it to be the true tag teams, then they really have to step up.”

  • It’s kind of hard to “Really step up” when you barely get on TV. And especially now that poor Kidd is hurt. Also, there’s no excuse whatsoever to not call the son of Mr. Perfect by his real name. If you can have a Randy Orton and a Cody Rhodes and a Ted DiBiase Jr., and a “Natalya” Neidhart, etc., even “Tamina” at least gets to acknowledge her real last name. Renaming some of these generational wrestlers is just plain stupid. Goldust was different, because he chose to make a character, that stood out from the Rhodes legacy. But I seriously doubt that Joe said “Hey, I don’t want to be seen as Mr. Perfect’s son, I want to be called…..Michael McGuillicutty!”.

    I really feel bad for the guy. If they actually do change Richie Steamboat’s name to something stupid when they finally call him up….I just don’t know what to say.

  • You do know that Cody didn’t type the article right?

  • d_pooch

    @ CC, I said the same thing. It’s Hennig!

    He could drop his name and become “Almost Perfect” Joe Hennig. Just sayin’.

  • Lord KGM

    JASON KIDD LMFAO! Jason Kidd is an absolute assassin! That was awesome!

  • CC

    Its Joe Hennig, not Joe Henning. Either Cody doesnt know his name, or the reporter needs to check their facts.

  • Tyler(:

    Jason Kidd and Joe Henning. Nice.

  • Timmy Bray

    Jason Kidd FTW

  • d_pooch

    It’s Hennig, not Henning, Cody!

    I don’t get it either, I mean you have Rhodes using his legacy, Dibiase using his, Tamina Snuka, etc. Why not Joe Hennig? Okay, it’s kind of a boring name, but certainly not worse than McGillicutty.

    How about this: “Almost Perfect” Joe Hennig. He acknowledges his lineage, acknowledges that he’s not as good as his father but a chip off the old block, and kind of makes fun of himself in the process, but definitely takes himself seriously.

    There’s a free one WWE, take that and run with it! LOL! Oh yeah, and fix his haircut too! 🙂